Jet Airways~ From air taxi to air cargo

From its humble beginnings in 1993 as an "air taxi" operator, Jet Airways has grown to become the country’s largest domestic airline. With a reputation for quality service and products, the carrier is now looking to expand its international network and getting serious about cargo. Now boasting 78 aircraft in its fleet with 248 flights […]


From its humble beginnings in 1993 as an "air taxi" operator, Jet Airways has grown to become the country’s largest domestic airline. With a reputation for quality service and products, the carrier is now looking to expand its international network and getting serious about cargo.

Now boasting 78 aircraft in its fleet with 248 flights a day on a network spanning 59 destinations covering not only the length and breadth of India, but a growing list of international destinations as well, Jet isclearly on a roll.

Speaking to Payload Asia on the sidelines of the recent Air Cargo India event in Mumbai, Jet Airways’ vice president cargo, Jay Shelat said the carrier is positioning itself for “tremendous growth,” which includes growing its fleet to 110 aircraft by 2011 and and a full 150 aircraft by 2016.

Among its current fleet are 9 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 8 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 52 classic and next generation Boeing 737-400/700/800/900 aircraft and 9 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft.

With an average fleet age of 4.4 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world. Th is fleet will get a boost over the next year and half from its firm orders for 22 more widebodies, including B777-300ERs and A330-200s. Jet also has a firm order with Boeing for 10 787-8 Dreamliners.